Our emotions are a big part of life. We go through so many like joy, depression, anxiety, fear, sadness and elation. Our food is intimately wrapped up with our emotions – who hasn’t gone for some sweet or heavy comforting food when feeling emotionally down? Not only can our emotions lead us to eating certain foods, but also eating different foods can contribute to us feeling different emotions.
For example, if we eat lots of stimulants like coffee, alcohol and sugar the body becomes exhausted, and we are much more likely to suffer feelings of depression and hopelessness and to harbour negative thoughts.
If we eat a lot of heavy fatty foods like red meat, poultry, eggs and cheese, these can create a lot of heat and tension in the body, and feelings of impatience and irritability, anger and frustration.
There are many other examples, well studied in macrobiotics, underlining how creating balanced and robust physical health helps us feel emotionally stable and mentally positive and clear.